Washington D.C. – The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, which works to elect pro-environment candidates, announced today the endorsement of former member of LCV’s board of directors and Congresswoman Donna Edwards for election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Maryland’s 4th Congressional District.
“Congresswoman Donna Edwards has been a stalwart leader for our environment, democracy, and justice throughout her career and we could not be more thrilled to endorse her campaign to continue her work back in the halls of Congress,” said LCV Action Fund President Gene Karpinski. “Especially at this critical time for our democracy and climate, we need more experienced and committed leaders in Congress like Donna Edwards who will fight for all communities and deliver transformational climate, clean energy, jobs and justice legislation.”
“I’m proud to have the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund with me in this race,” said Congresswoman Donna Edwards. “I’m running because our voices have not been heard, our families and workers have been left behind, and our children have not been a priority. I want to fix that. In Congress, I’ll use my seniority to deliver environmental justice for polluted communities and take the urgent and bold action needed to address the looming climate crisis.”
Former Representative Donna Edwards was born in Yanceyville, North Carolina. Her father was in the U.S. Air Force and her family moved frequently. She graduated from Wake Forest University and later earned a law degree from Franklin Pierce Law Center. After undergraduate, Edwards worked in the private sector then transitioned to advocacy for consumer issues, campaign finance reform, and domestic violence before moving to public service. LCV Action Fund supported Edwards in her U.S. House campaigns from her first 2006 race through her 2014 re-election. In Congress, Edwards earned a 97 percent lifetime score on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. She served on the Science, Space, and Technology Committee, serving on two subcommittees: Space—eventually becoming ranking member–and Environment. Edwards was also on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee with three subcommittee assignments: Highways and Transit; Water Resources and Environment; and Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management. In the House, she fought for increased public transportation, for tax incentives for conducting scientific research, building green infrastructure for clean water and more. She was outspoken about the need to tackle the climate crisis and her advocacy did not stop when she left Congress – she has also been a champion outside of public office, having served on LCV’s Board of Directors and receiving the Maryland Sierra Club’s 2007 Conservationist of the Year Award for founding the Campaign to Reinvest in the Heart of Oxon Hill.
About LCV Action Fund
The League of Conservation Voters (LCV) Action Fund, the connected federal political action committee (PAC) of the League of Conservation Voters, works to elect leaders who stand up for a clean, healthy environment and to defeat anti-environment candidates who oppose climate action. Since the 1990 election cycle, LCVAF has helped elect and re-elect 95 U.S. Senators and 462 members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Over the last several years, our efforts have also helped elevate climate change and clean energy as critical issues in key elections.
Paid for by the League of Conservation Voters Action Fund and authorized by Donna Edwards for Congress.